Saturday, June 13, 2015

Shimmer and Shine + Tutorial

Hi everyone on Wednesday Stampotique posted a new challenge. The theme is shimmer and shine and you know me I love things that shimmer and shine. Only wish that I could get better picture of the cards I use shimmer and shine on. This card is no exception. The photo doesn't really do it justice. :-( I wish you could see all the shimmer on it.

I started by creating my Perfect Pearl background. A tutorial for how I did that will be further down. I then painted Liquitex Iridescent paint over my background to give more shimmer. I wish it would have shown better in the photo.

Years ago I found at Dollar Tree this holographic mylar texture wrapping paper.Alas I have not been able to find any since. I cut an oval out of it for a mat as well as stamped my sentiment on a piece.

I cut another oval out of card stock. I was going to eBrush over a stencil with paint but for some reason I could not get a good flow so I put my thinned metallic paint into a mister and misted it. 

The peacock is stamped on paper I made using glue and distress paints. While the glue/paint mixture was still wet I sprinkled Ice fragments.  The fragments didn't really stick that well but you can see a few here. Next time I'll leave the fragments off.  I used Jet Black Stazon Ink. for both the sentiment and the peacock. Stamps used are by Verve and are from the Moments Remembered set. Wish I could have gotten a better picture so you can see all the detail that the peacock has but there was too much glare.

I invite you to join the challenges at Stampotique. Each week there is a new challenge.

To make a Perfect Pearls background like I did or even the paper for the peacock here are the instructions.

First start by covering a sheet of plastic or a non stick craft mat with white glue. In the picture this is what is left on my plastic after pulling paint with Perfect Pearl  prints. 

I sprinkled three different colors of Perfect Pearls in my glue. Then because the Perfect Pearls was sitting on top of the glue I went ahead and spritzed it with water to get it to dissolve.

Then you will lay your paper into your glue mixture. I forgot to take a picture using just the Perfect Pearls. For this print I pulled I used paint with Perfect Pearls sprinkled in the glue. Lift your print up and set aside to dry. Different papers will give you different results.

There you have it a fun but messy technique to make your own designer papers. This technique works with Distress paint,acrylic ink,Perfect Pearls,watered down acrylic paint, and probably other mediums. For me it is always fun to see the results as no two papers turn out the same.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!


  1. I wish it weren't so difficult to get a good picture of shimmer, glitter, and shine 'cause I know this piece has tons of it!

    Fabulous project. Thanks for the mini-tutorial and thanks for playing along with my challenge at Stampotique Designers Challenges!

  2. Thank you for the step by step photos, I found it very interesting !
    You can see the shimmer and shine on your project, really well.
    Thank you for joining us at the SDC blog

  3. Shimmer and shine is a favorite thing of mine.
    You really have captured it in your card and the peacock is absolutely stunning

  4. Very pretty and so shiny, beautiful example for this week's challenge over at Stampotique, thanks for joining us.

  5. Thanks for your steps -- it really helps as photographing shimmer and shine is a challenge! Well done.


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